We are still quite a way off from being back to life as it was before the start of the pandemic, but the return of sports suggests that we are getting there. This is particularly true in Italy, which was one of the nations the hardest hit by COVID-19. The general consensus just a month or so ago was that it would be a long time before we would see football return there, but sports activities have now been given the all clear to resume. Let’s get right into action to take a look at one of the upcoming matches and their Coppa Italia odds.
Coppa Italia Inter Vs Napoli Semi-Final Game Info
Before we get back into the business of finishing the Serie A regular season, there is the Coppa Italia to take care of. When the season was suspended, the Italian Cup was at the semi-final stage. The first legs of both semi-finals had been played already, and it will be the second legs of this competition that will kick off the return of football in Italy. On Saturday morning, Inter will travel to Naples to face Napoli, as they look to overturn a 1-0 defeat in the home leg of this tie. This one is on the board as a PK play, with the goal total set at 2 ½.
Why bet on Inter Milan
Given the current standings in the Serie A, this is the only real shot that Inter has at landing some domestic silverware. If they want to get their hands on the trophy, though, they are going to need to overcome a first leg deficit. Being 1-0 down from the first leg is not a total nightmare, but it is always tough to go on the road and win, especially when the home team already has that advantage. The good news is that Inter have the best road record in the league this season, going 9-2-2 and scoring 26 goals while surrendering just 14. Included in that impressive road record is a 3-1 win over Napoli the least time they paid a visit there. Cup games tend to be a little different, but with nothing to lose, expect Inter to come out and have a go early on.
Why bet on Napoli
It has not been a great Serie A campaign for Napoli, but they are still in a position where they could land themselves a Europa League Qualification spot. Before they do that, though, there is the business of holding onto their first leg lead to attend to. This is a team that does not score a lot of goals, managing just 41 through 26 games, so the last thing they want to do is conceded the early goal that would wipe out their advantage. The bad news for Napoli is that they have given up more goals at home than they have scored this season, surrendering 18 versus 17 scored. They are also not going to have the advantage of their fans cheering them on, with this one set to go behind closed doors.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
When you compare these two teams side by side, Inter has the definite advantage. I think that comes into play on Saturday, as I like the Milan side to overcome that deficit and move on to the final.
Pick: Napoli 0 Inter 3